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The Wilds of Borneo: Orangutans & Beyond

A Tropical Wildlife Quest in Search of Orangutans, Endangered Sea Turtles & More!
Borneo, the planet's third-largest island, harbors the world’s tallest rain forests. Sheltered beneath their dense canopies are jungle rivers, waterfalls and a host of wildlife. Endangered orangutans thrive in the lush vegetation, sharing treetops with leaf monkeys, wild gibbons, flying lemurs and more than 300 vibrant bird species. Rare proboscis monkeys are at home in coastal mangroves where hornbills and sea eagles soar above. In the forest beneath Mt. Kinabalu’s prominent peaks, pygmy elephants lumber through the underbrush while monitor lizards sunbathe on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. If it's tropical wildlife you are in search of, you'll find it in the exotic wilds of Borneo!

Trip Highlights

  • Observe orangutans as they live and move freely in their natural rain forest habitat, and learn about efforts to conserve them at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
  • Watch endangered green sea turtles swim ashore on Selingan Turtle Island to lay their eggs, and witness tiny hatchlings as they are released into the sea
  • Explore the lush canopy walkways of Danum Valley in search of monkeys, gibbons, clouded leopards and tropical birds, and see the world's largest limestone caves in Gunung Mulu National Park
See More of Borneo's Natural Wonders When You Travel With NHA
From spotting free-ranging orangutan mothers and babies in their natural jungle habitat to witnessing pygmy elephants swimming in the Kinabatangan River, you'll experience the most diverse and wildlife-centric Borneo itinerary available! Our multifaceted journey includes a wide array of species and a fascinating mix of local cultures. And our special relationship with WWF ensures that you'll be helping to conserve the very animals you are traveling all this distance to see.

  1. MORE Diverse Wildlife Viewing in a Host of Parks, Reserves and Sanctuaries
    No one offers the in-depth wildlife experience that we do. Our nature excursions include forays into Bako National Park, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sepilok Nature Reserve, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Selingan Turtle Island and Danum Valley. In this varied array of locales, you're likely to see the endangered orangutan, Bornean bearded pigs, hairy-nosed otters, long- and pig-tailed macaques, monitor lizards, proboscis monkeys, rhinoceros hornbills, silvered leaf monkeys and numerous tropical bird species...to name just a few of the species you may see!
  2. Our Small Group Ensures More Personal Nature Encounters
    Natural Habitat Adventures is well known for keeping its groups small. In Borneo, as anywhere, authentic nature encounters must be intimate undertakings. Our small group—limited to just 12 travelers—also allows us to make sure that your needs, expectations and desires can be best met.
  3. A Rare Chance to See Green Sea Turtle Hatchlings Scurry to the Sea
    A unique feature of this trip is the evening we spend on Selingan Turtle Island, a protected habitat for endangered green sea turtles. Here, we expect to observe these pelagic reptiles coming ashore to lay their eggs, then watch in wonder as tiny hatchlings emerge and hurry back over the beach seeking the clear waters of the Sulu Sea. As far as we know, our Borneo itinerary is the only one that offers this in-depth experience.
  4. From Riverside to Rainforest, Our Lodgings Get Your Closer to Borneo's Wildlife
    Our accommodations are carefully selected for their quality, atmosphere and location within the tropical wilderness. Unlike other tour operators that may utilize large and impersonal lodges, or city hotels as a base for day trips, we stay as close as possible to nature, in the most authentic and hospitable settings. From our nature resort near an orangutan sanctuary to an island cabin near nesting green sea turtles, you'll be surrounded by wild Borneo at every turn.
  5. Travel with a Highly Experienced Expedition Leader and Top Local Guides
    Our NHA Expedition Leaders are natural history experts, averaging 15 years of guiding experience each. In addition, they receive special training provided by WWF’s top scientists. With WWF’s resources at their fingertips—and assisted by Borneo’s best local guides during each unique segment of our tour—your trip is sure to be a journey of enlightenment! See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  6. Our Quality Guarantee Ensures You’ll Have an Outstanding Trip
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  7. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. NHA is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, and we're continually aiming for new ways to raise the bar on sustainable practices.
  8. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF’s Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Reading List
Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Natural Wonders of Borneo adventure travel books for this trip.

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